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President William A. “Bill” Bautz Announces Plans for Gettysburg, PA 2018 Annual Meeting November 5-8

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The Higdon Family Association will hold its annual meeting in the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA the week of November 5-7, 2018, starting with meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday the 5th in the lobby/tavern to renew friendships and greet new arrivals. Dinner will be at any of the town’s fine restaurants. On Tuesday the 6th, we will go by bus to the Military Park Visitor Center to have an overview of the multi-day battle and visit various historical exhibits. Lunch will be at the cafeteria. That afternoon, we will take a docent led bus tour of the battlefield and return to the hotel. Dinner is “on your own.” On Wednesday morning, the 7th, the HFA annual business meeting will be held in the hotel conference room. That afternoon there will be a docent led tour of the town of Gettysburg or free time to explore other points of interest. Wednesday evening features a group dinner at the hotel. (Note: Plans may change based on interest and attendance.) 

Bill adds a travel note: “Nearest airports to Gettysburg are Harrisburg and Baltimore, both of which are 55 miles away. Baltimore is recommended because it has many more flights.” 

LOST RIGHTS: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic, by David Howard

Robert J. "Bobby" Higdon (BR)

Book Review Excerpt: The dramatic ‘sting’ that culminated in the recovery of North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights occurred in a Philadelphia office tower. This ‘sting’ was run by an FBI task force that included many other law enforcement agencies from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the United States. The initial organization of this ‘sting’ effort was handled by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for Eastern North Carolina under the leadership of Robert J. “Bobby” Higdon, left.

Jennifer Higdon’s new work Low Brass Concerto to debut in Chicago.

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In Chicago on Feb. 1-3, 2018, the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti is scheduled to present the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto as part of subscription concerts at Symphony Center.

A co-commission by the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia and Baltimore symphony orchestras, the unusually scored work Low Brass Concerto also will figure prominently in four of the eight concerts the orchestra and Muti are to give as part of a five-city East Coast tour, Feb. 7-17. A performance of the Higdon concerto on Feb. 9 in New York’s Carnegie Hall will mark the work’s East Coast premiere. Subsequent performances are scheduled in Naples and West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s most acclaimed and sought-after classical composers, wrote a violin concerto for Hilary Hahn which won the 2010 Pulitzer for Music. Ms. Higdon now has a catalogue of well over 150 works. You can access her complete catalogue at under Recordings near the top of the screen-page.

Two Higdon Family Association 2017 Scholarship Winners from Kentucky and Maryland Chosen

Luke MahaneyJosie Sparks

Luke Mahaney, of La Plata, Maryland, and Josephine Ann “Josie” Sparks, of Bardstown, Kentucky, are this year’s recipients of the Higdon Family Association Scholarship. Luke is now working toward a Criminal Justice degree from the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. Josie will enter the University of Kentucky in Lexington this fall to pursue a B. S. degree in Nursing. Both have done well in school and were enthusiastically recommended by those who know them.


Headline: Higdon’s Store left its mark, an update about Higdons in north Georgia focusing on a country store in Fannin County and on the family of Leonard Dean Higdon (b.1828) and Mary Ann McClure, three of whose sons were postmasters during the 73-year run of the Higdons Store Post Office.

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